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The Board of Trustees approved Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim as president-elect of Columbia College Chicago. The presidential search was led by Chairman of the Board Allen M. Turner and Richard P. Kiphart, chairman of the Presidential Selection Advisory Panel. This 22-member panel included trustees, faculty, staff, and alumni who served as the representative voice of the college throughout the selection process.

A native Chicagoan, Dr. Kim joins Columbia College as the former dean and director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

Dr. Kim brings impeccable academic and artistic credentials to Columbia College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yale University and a doctorate in music from Johns Hopkins University. Colleagues laud his energy, intellect, vision, and candor. The college was most impressed with his conviction about the value of a creative education and the importance of preparing students for the transformative roles of creative individuals in society.  Dr. Kim will join the campus community in July.  

To learn more about Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, please visit our presidential webpage at colum.edu/drkim.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge Warrick L. Carter, PhD, whose visionary leadership over the past 13 years put Columbia College on the map locally, nationally, and internationally. We will continue under his leadership through the end of this academic year and are pleased to have someone of Dr. Kim’s caliber expand on his work while leading the college into the future.